Camilias are much maligned
I know many people don’t like camellias.
And I can understand why
They can be brash and loud
They drop in a carpet of garish and rotting colour
I, at times, think of them of the Dame Edna of flowers
Loud and pink
And my friend’s dad refers to them as morning after flowers
… sure they looked attractive the night before but when you wake up the next day …
my appreciation for the camellia has changed since living here
I’ve come to think about it as a much maligned flower
During the drought their thick green leaves were a salve
They reminded one of moisture when little else did.
My garden has about 12 varieties…. only three are of the garish extravagant sort
The rest are more refined.
Neat and tidy as if they have been drawn with a spirograph
They are so contained
So geometrically elegant